A word from our Tumuaki/Principal

Troy Duckworth

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I’m Troy and I started my journey as the principal in January 2022. I came from Russell Street School where I was the Deputy Principal for 4 years and was a teacher there for 7 years.

I come to Palmy by way of Auckland where I was born and bred. However, I love the Manawatū and am a huge advocate for this place, despite the bad rep it sometimes gets from those who don’t know how good it is! I’ve also taught in Dubai and Brunei Darussalam.

I come from a lineage of educational leadership as both my parents were principals in Auckland, so they are delighted I’ve followed in their footsteps. I pride myself on building positive relationships with everyone, which ties in nicely to one of our school values of whanaungatanga. I’m a huge believer of the Māori whakataukī ‘Mā te pā te tamaiti e whakatipu’ - It takes a village to raise the child and want that for all here at Turitea School.

I am pretty easy to find around here as you usually hear me before you see me. I am a massive fan of the NBA and I am an avid Phoenix Suns supporter and I love having a yarn with those who are passionate about it too, or ways to make our kura the best place it can be.

who we are

Meet Our Kaiako/Teachers

Juliet Holt

Rimu kaiako - Year 0 / 1

Bridgit James

Mānuka KAIAKO - Year 1

Faye Taylor

Mānuka/RāTā KAIAKO - Wed/Thu

Anneliese Nikorima

Rātā KAIAKO - Year 1/2

Kate baillie

Pohutukawa KAIAKO - Year 2 / 3

Shane Brown

Matai KAIAKO - Year 3 / 4

Cameron Schaw

Totara KAIAKO - Year 4 / 5

Trish Molloy

Kauri KAIAKO - Year 5 / 6

Sports Coordinator

Chris Ricketts

Kauri Kaiako - Thursday

Karen Walker

On Leave From Pohutukawa 2022

Troy Duckworth


Our Support Staff

Julie Macdonald

Office Administrator

Aimi Morris

Teaching Assistant

Kirstin Wilson

teaching Assistant

Meryl Butler